DURBAN – The Proteas will go again in Port Elizabeth, and they will have no thoughts of revenge on their minds. The defeat to Sri Lanka might have stung, but they know that they themselves have to get better in all disciplines in order to square the series.
“There is no thought of revenge. We just have to play a bit better than we did,” coach Ottis Gibson told media in the Windy City yesterday.
There is not much more to it than that, really.
South Africa have to lift their performances with bat and ball, while their fielding could also do with some polishing.
Their slip catching remains a bit of a roulette. It can look up there with the best in the world on some days, and then plumb the depths on others.
These are the small margins that South Africa need to close this week, as they seek to square the series against the visitors.
They will have to do so without Vernon Philander, who has been ruled out by a hamstring injury.
Philander played no part on the fourth and final day in Durban, and his absence will again see the pack reshuffled.